Team Ministry in West Dorset

Hustings April 20th at 6.30 pm in St. Mary’s Maiden Newton

Posted: 6th April 2015

On April 20th at 6.30 pm in St. Mary’s Maiden Newton, you will have the opportunity to meet and hear candidates for this constituency at the General Election. We have invited the candidates from the five main parties – Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat and United Kingdom Independence Party. The meeting will be chaired by the Archdeacon, Ven Paul Taylor, and will take the form of Question Time. If you have a question that you would like to ask the candidates, please email it to and we will choose a representative selection of the questions. It would help if you could indicate whether you will be at the hustings, and whether you would be prepared to ask the question aloud.  There will be the opportunity to ask supplementary questions. This is a unique chance to hear the candidates together in the rural heartland of this constituency. There is no charge, but spaces are limited, so come along in good time to be sure of a seat. Disabled access is good, but please be aware that there are no toilet facilities at the church. Bishop of Salisbury Writes on Church of England General Election The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, has written on the Church of England Bishops’ pastoral letter on the 2015 General Election, as follows Who is my Neighbour? The House of Bishops has written a Pastoral Letter to members of the church about how Christians should approach the General Election to be held on 7 May 2015. The privileges of living in a democracy mean that we should use our votes thoughtfully, prayerfully and with the good of others in mind, not just our own interests. Pursuing the common good is a Christian obligation and is expressed in how we approach our role as voters as much as in our personal priorities. We belong together in a creation which should be cherished and not simply used and consumed. This Pastoral Letter does not tell people how to vote and it is not a shopping list of policies the Bishops would like to see. My hope is that it will be widely read and that it will assist Christians and churches to think and act prayerfully about the issues that face us as a Society. Media reports of documents such as this can present a series of shortened ‘soundbites’ which give an incomplete, and sometimes rather slanted, picture. I urge you to read the letter for yourself and form your own view. I believe it would be a good resource for the hustings that will be held by churches and others. I warmly commend it to you. Bishop Nicholas The full letter can be found here.